The Eel is a two-story tavern that crouches along the southern edge of the Talabec River, two blocks south of the Wizard’s Road. The bar’s wooden edifice has been bleached to a dingy grey by years of exposure to the elements. A single shoddy sign depicting a winding, snake-like creature dangles from a pair of rusty hooks above the door. Bits of maritime flotsam are stacked haphazardly along the building’s sides, covered by random patches of fraying fish net. A single copper bell, the words “Der Aal” cast into its side, hangs near the tavern’s door, a prize from the ship that gave the Eel its name.
The Eel’s reputation as a haven for smugglers is well known in Taalagad.